Drive By Swabbing


Jab and scoot.

This morning/afternoon.

National Aquatic Centre, Blanchardstown, Dublin.

One of the five new walk-in temporary Covid-19 community testing centres that have opened their doors in Ireland today.

Leah Farrell/RollingNews


This afternoon.

Inside the tent.

No appointment or fee for walk-in Covid test centres (RTE)


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8 thoughts on “Drive By Swabbing

  1. Verbatim

    Why oh why, if the virus is so contagious that we have wear masks, do they need to shove a swab up our nose right down the back of it, turn left, and almost touch our brains to see if we have it?
    Why not just a simple swab of our saliva?

    1. K. Cavan

      The scientific answer is that they’re going for the place where, if you have Respiratory viruses on board, they will be most concentrated. The levels of any viral matter there are approximately 10,000 times the levels that would be in any exhalation, including coughs & sneezes. Not that it matters much as the PCR test would never be used clinically on a patient not presenting with severe symptoms of respiratory distress & a high temperature. Additionally, asymptomatic transmission is almost impossible. These centres are a complete waste of our time & our money.

  2. f_lawless

    With cases on the decline nationally it’s time to get out into the community and start mining for more. Not showing any signs of illness? Non-infectious? No matter, come along get yourself tested. A “new case” is a “new case”. It’ll all be counted regardless!

    In Jan, Micheál Martin announced that “restrictions could last til June” and ” the number of new daily cases needs to fall as low as 100-200″ before the restrictions might be eased.

    Today Varadkar says “it’s very hard to see cases dropping below 500 a day”.

    Until political objectives are met, there’s little chance restrictions will be lifted. Certainly, the pandemic stands no chance of being declared over before June regardless of what the reality might be.

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